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Breaking the Code

Unit 10

6 • Scientific Innovations and Responsibility
WB p. 72

Breaking the Code
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➜ How did communication lead the Allies to victory during WWII?

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Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.

Serious Game

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing

The Enigma Machine Explained, World Science Festival, 2013.

Get ready!

Look at the vocabulary lists. Find a title for each box, then integrate the words from the toolbox into it.

Look at the picture. Pick out as many details as possible to make suppositions about what it may be about.
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Watch the video. Sum up what it is about. What is the link between the picture and the document?

Discuss these brainstorming questions with your classmates:
What different means of communication were used during World War II?
Why was communication important?

Read the idiom of the week. Rephrase it in your own words and give examples.
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  • crucial / decisive (adj.)
  • strategic (adj.)
  • typewriter /ˈtaɪpraɪtə/ (n.)
  • warplane (n.)

Let’s learn!

Vocabulary battle

Memorise the words from the vocabulary lists. Then, in pairs, pick one box and give as many words as possible.

Stick to your guns

Idiom of the week!

Stick to your guns


The origin of this idiom was a command given to sailors operating gun turrets on military boats, to stay at their posts when the ship was under attack.
Nowadays, it means to remain firm in one’s beliefs, to stand up for one’s rights.

Science and War

box 1
  • code-breakers (n.)
  • computer scientist (n.)
  • cryptanalyst (n.)
  • cryptographers /krɪpˈtɒgrəfəz/ (n.)
  • genius /ˈʤɪːnɪəs/ (n.)
  • mathematician /mæθəmətɪʃən/ (n.)
  • researcher (n.)

box 2
  • morse code (exp.)
  • secret service (exp.)
  • caesar cypher /ˈsiːzə ˈsaɪfə/ (n.)
  • code-name Ultra (n.)
  • Enigma /ɪˈnɪgmə/ (n.)
  • gibberish (n.)
  • message (n.)
  • telegraph (n.)
  • wires /ˈwaɪəz/ / intelligence (n.)

box 3
  • break (a code) (v.)
  • crack (v.)
  • decipher /dɪˈsaɪfə/ (v.)
  • decode /ˌdiːˈkəʊd/ (v.)
  • decrypt (v.)
  • encrypt (v.)
  • intercept /ˈɪntəˈsɛpt/ (v.)
  • invent (v.)
  • make it / succeed (v.)

box 4
  • classified /'klæsɪfaɪd/ (adj.)
  • feminist (adj.)
  • hidden (adj.)
  • innovative (adj.)
  • smart (adj.)
  • top secret (adj.)
  • unbreakable (adj.)
  • visionary /ˈvɪʒənərɪ/ (adj.)

box 5
  • Nazi /ˈnɑːtsɪ/ (adj. or n.)
  • wage war /ˈwɛɪʤ ˈwɔː/ (exp.)
  • World War II (exp.)
  • defeat (n. or v.)
  • enemy (n.)
  • spies (n.)
  • the Allies /ˈæˌlaɪz/ ≠ the Axis /ˈæksɪs/ (n.)
  • attack (v.)

On your way to the task ❯❯ Step 1

Decide who deserves to be pictured on the new £50 bank note.

❯❯ Step 2

Design the front and back of a DVD cover for a movie.

❯❯ Your final project

Write an article about one of the forgotten heroes or heroines of World War II.
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